The past year has brought challenges that many of us never imagined we would ever have to face. Yet, through it all, we continue to persevere. For us, one of the most important things that have kept us going is the kindness of not only friends and family, but also strangers during these challenging times. I’ve also noticed more how when I practice random acts of kindness it lifts my mood too. Challenge yourself this year and see how many random acts of kindness you can spread!
Open the door for someone.
Give balloons to the neighborhood kids.
Smile at the people you meet on the sidewalk.
Help carry groceries to a car.
Drop off a toy/game at a homeless shelter.
Offer to walk your elderly neighbor’s dog.
Rake a yard for fun.
Pick up trash in the park.
Host a movie night.
Mail a handwritten letter.
Send a small package to surprise someone.
Bring flowers to a friend.
Recycle old electronics.
Place flowers at a grave.
Bring flowers to a nursing home.
Call your parents.
Volunteer at a shelter.
Strike up a conversation with the person in line behind you.
Thank the cashier for bagging your groceries.
Run an errand for someone.
Pick up trash in your neighborhood.
Give up your seat for someone else.
Leave a basket of goodies on a porch.
Cook a meal for someone.
Give encouragement to someone.
Donate food cards to a local shelter.
Pray for a family member.
Adopt a family who needs help.
Arrive on time for your appointments.
Be a safe driver.
Donate dog or cat food/supplies to a local animal shelter
Pick up litter at the park.
Buy extra school supplies and donate them to your local school.
Donate warm gloves, mittens, and scarves to a shelter.
Collect food for a food bank.
Text someone just to say hello.
Give an unexpected gift.
Help someone with a garage sale.
Bring donuts in to work to share.
Hold the door open.
Be patient waiting in line.
Use kind words.
Donate coloring pads and crayons to the Children’s Hospital.
Make someone laugh.
Be mindful and use good manners.
Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Visit someone who is sick.
Bring a treat to work.
Let the person merge in front of you in traffic.
Let someone go in front of you while waiting in line.
Take a shopping cart back to the store.
Buy lemonade from a child.
Run an errand for someone.
Bake cookies and hand them out.
Donate $1 to every tip jar you see in 1 day.
Tell your postal delivery worker how much you appreciate them.
Tell a joke to make someone laugh.
Give away clothing no longer needed.
Shop at a book sale and donate books to a shelter.
Bring someone a coffee just because.
Buy a lottery ticket and hand it away.
Deliver cookies to your local fire station.
Participate in a charity run or walk.
Volunteer at an animal shelter.
Participate in a Christmas Angel program.
Tutor a student.
Bring in a neighbor’s trash cans.
Give someone a gift card you don’t intend to use.
Tip your waiter generously.
Tell someone you love them.
Invite someone to lunch and listen to them talk.
Leave quarters in a kiddie ride.
Leave quarters in a washing machine/dryer at a laundromat.
Keep bottled water in your car and hand it out on a hot day.
Leave a good book in a cafe.
Pick up the tab for a friend’s meal.
Buy a good book and then pass it on.
Compliment the stressed-out mom with little children in line.
Buy your waiter/waitress a dessert.
Say please and thank you.
Compliment when you receive good service.
Leave a sticky note for your kids to find telling them how much you love them.
Plant a tree.
Write letters to soldiers
Thank a teacher.
Use a reusable water bottle.
Leave a dollar taped to a vending machine.
Donate new stuffed animals to a local children’s hospital.
Make a freezer meal and drop it off to a friend.
Wash an elderly person’s car.
Write thank you cards and drop them at the local police station.
Make a meal for a new family in your neighborhood.
Remind someone that they matter every day.